The Hornets nickname in Charlotte dates back to the Revolutionary War, when British General Charles Cornwallis compared the resistance in Charlotte to a hornet’s nest. It has been used in sports by a minor league baseball team (1901-73), an upstart football league team (1974-75) and the city’s first NBA franchise.
Charlotte announced in November 2013 that the new Hornets would take on the teal and purple scheme. The planned re-brand was met with wide approval by the organization's fans. An unveiling of the logo followed in December, and the organization unveiled their logo shirts, hats and gear. The Hornets unveiled their new website and announced that the organization had reclaimed the history of the original Hornets back in May.